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australia bushfires: 20 structures destroyed as nsw firefighters hospitalised with severe burns | australia news

Record temperatures and ‘volatile and erratic’ conditions as more than 100 fires burn across New South WalesThree firefighters were hospitalised with severe burns and 20 properties estimated lost in a blaze south of Sydney as the bushfire emergency raging across the east coast of Australia reached a new crisis point on Thursday.Record temperatures and gusty, damaging winds combined with the prolonged drought crippling this part of the world to create what the commissioner of the Rural Fire Servi...

china blamed for cyber attack on parliament in february, sources say – politics live | australia news

Reuters reports that Australia’s cyber intelligence agency concluded China’s Ministry of State Security was behind attack. Government steels itself for further scrutiny of Gladys Liu. All today’s events in Canberra, live 1.27am BST And for more on why we are looking at four-year terms, here is the official release:Should Australia move to fixed four-year parliamentary terms? A parliamentary committee will hold a roundtable discussion on this topic on Thursday 7 November 2019, and has invited que...

nationals back welfare system expansion and crackdown on vegan 'milk' | australia news

Party wants non-animal milks and meats to undergo a labelling change as it pushes for national rollout of cashless debit card The National party will push for an expansion to Australia’s welfare system as well as for a ban on labelling non-dairy milk “milk”.In motions passed at its Nationals Federal Council in Canberra over the weekend, the party also passed a motion in support of a national rollout of the cashless debit card for parenting or unemployment welfare recipients under the age of 35. ...

australia's deputy pm apologises to pacific for fruit picking comments 'if any insult was taken' | australia news

Michael McCormack offers qualified apology after remarks about climate change and seasonal workers caused outrageMichael McCormack has apologised to Pacific Island nations for his comments that they will survive the climate crisis – in part – “because many of their workers come here to pick our fruit”.The deputy prime minister offered a qualified apology at a doorstop in Brisbane, six days after the remarks which further soured a bitter experience at the Pacific Islands Forum, where Australia wa...

tuvalu threatens to exit australia's seasonal worker program after deputy pm's comments | world news

PM Enele Sopoaga responds to Michael McCormack’s belief that Pacific islands will survive climate crisis because they ‘pick our fruit’The prime minister of Tuvalu is considering pulling his country out of Australia’s seasonal worker program, after comments by Australia’s deputy prime minister that Pacific islanders threatened by climate change would survive because “many of their workers come here and pick our fruit”.“I thought the Australian labour scheme was determined on mutual respect, that ...

pacific islands will survive climate crisis because they 'pick our fruit', australia's deputy pm says | australia news

Exclusive: Michael McCormack says island nations want Australia to shut down industry ‘so they can survive’Pacific island nations affected by the climate crisis will continue to survive “because many of their workers come here to pick our fruit”, Australia’s deputy prime minister has said. Michael McCormack’s comments were made after critical talks at the Pacific Islands Forum that almost collapsed over Australia’s positions on coal and climate change. Continue reading...

Deputy PM Michael McCormack accused of disputing evidence of global heating | Science

Wagga GP says Australia’s deputy prime minister told meeting past recordings of temperature ‘were not as accurately measured’Australia’s deputy prime minister, Michael McCormack, had told a constituent in Wagga Wagga he disputed evidence of global heating because historical weather measurements might be inaccurate, according to notes from a meeting last month.The Wagga City Council, at the heart of McCormack’s electorate, declared a climate change emergency last week. Continue reading...

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